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Regulatory amendment, modifications to the American Samoa large vessel prohibited areas : including an environmental assessment and regulatory impact review
  • Published Date:
    2012
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    Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (U.S.) ; United States, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration., Office of Program Planning and Integration, ;
  • Description:
    "There are two large vessel prohibited areas (LVPA) within the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) around American Samoa that extend approximately 50 nautical miles (nm) from shore. Fishing for pelagic species with vessels 50 feet and longer has been prohibited in these areas since they were implemented in 2002. In 2009, President George W. Bush established the Rose Atoll Marine National Monument (Rose Atoll MNM) through Presidential Proclamation 8337 (74 FR 1577; January 12, 2009). The Rose Atoll MNM boundaries extend 50 nm from Rose Atoll, similar to the LVPA in the southern portion of the EEZ around Tutuila, the Manua Islands, and Rose Atoll; however, the monument's boundaries were established independently and do not match the southern LVPA. The proclamation establishing the Rose Atoll MNM banned all commercial fishing. The offshore area outside of the LVPA available for fishing by large vessels is approximately 87,299 square nautical miles (sq nm); however, the establishment of the Rose Atoll MNM in 2009 further reduced fishing area available to the large vessel longline and purse seine fleets by approximately 1,809 sq nm. In addition, the incongruent boundaries complicate compliance, administration, and enforcement efforts. For these reasons, the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) considered potential modifications to the boundaries of the southern LVPA for the purpose of encompassing the Rose Atoll MNM. The Council's preferred alternative recommends adjustment of the northern, eastern, and a portion of the southern boundaries of the LVPA around Tutuila, the Manua Islands, and Rose Atoll to align with the Rose Atoll MNM boundaries"--Abstract (page 1).

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